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Today on Context Florida: Follow the money, health care solution, assisted living reform and women’s health

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Today on Context Florida:

Darkening prospects that the House and Senate will mend differences over Medicaid expansion lead a casual (and maybe not so casual) observer to ask the obvious question. Why? Peter Schorsch says one possible explanation lies in an old axiom: Follow the money.

Floridians send their hard-earned money to Tallahassee and to Washington. State Sen. Garrett Richter says we deserve a return on the money. To close our eyes and cross our fingers is not a solution.  “No” is not a solution. The Senate has acknowledged that the federal Medicaid plan is not perfect. The Senate plan does not support expanding a program that is not good for our state.

Comedian W.C. Fields quipped, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit.” Brian Lee says it seems that Florida lawmakers need to field his advice as their debate over proposed assisted living reform draws to an unceremonious close.

Once again, the leadership of the Florida Legislature has decided to play politics with women’s health writes Julie Hauserman and Laura Goodhue. Case in point, the “mandatory abortion delay” bill. If this bill becomes law, even when a woman has already received state-mandated counseling and made a deliberate and fully informed decision, she will still be forced to wait 24 hours before having an abortion. This serves only to further a political agenda at the expense of women’s health.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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